Lawrence is so far my favorite brunch spot in Montreal. I’ve been there a couple of times and I was always impressed by its outstanding food and service. Of course, this blog couldn’t be named Montreal Best Food Ever if I don’t write a review about it.
Right at the corner of St Laurent and Fairmount in the Mile End, Lawrence is hard to miss. Although its discreet sign on the window, you can’t help to notice the perpetual line-up outside its doors on weekends. They don’t make reservations for brunch (except for big groups) but I like that you can put your name in the list and get them call you once your spot is ready.The restaurant is bright and airy with a fun and relaxed atmosphere. I particularly love the mix of vintage and industrial chic décor. The crowd is usually young and eclectic and the place is always busy but never loud.
The menu at Lawrence changes constantly depending on what’s fresh on the market. Must-haves? Well, everything I had tried there was absolutely delicious. I would highly suggest starting your brunch with one of Lawrence’s exemplary coffees or lattes along with a light, soft and crumbly scone ($4).
All the main courses are simple and rustic but cooked to perfection. I usually order the English breakfast ($15) that is amazing. It consists of sausage, bacon, blood pudding, a fried egg, grilled tomato, bubble & squeak and toast. The bacon is far beyond the average quality; it’s thick, chewy and tastes so good. The sausage is equally stellar. I know it can sound a lot of meat for some, but all the parts combined create a truly unique experience.
This time, I also tried the Kedgeree ($14), another popular dish in the UK made of smoked haddock and curry rice. I really like it. It tasted fabulous, perfectly balanced in flavors and different textures. Last, but not least, my friends and me decided to split a French toast with summer berries ($15). It was so tasty and beautifully presented that we end up asking for an extra one.
One of most famous items of Lawrence’s brunch menu are the doughnuts ($4.5). They are crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside with a filling of either chocolate, jam or custard. All of them sinfully decadent.
Service and Price
The service is exceptional. Staff is cool and really seems to enjoy working there. They are nice, helpful and funny. And I like the fact that even with a busy place and the crazy line up outside, they’re always patient, easygoing and very professional. Prices are on the high side. Expect to spend around $15 to $25 per person, taxes are included.